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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys defense holds steady while Lunt, offense find their stride

JENNI CARLSON COMMENTARY — The Oklahoma State defense held TCU in check and gave Wes Lunt a chance to knock off the rust and the Cowboys offense a chance to get rolling.
by Jenni Carlson Published: October 27, 2012

Young has seen it happen.

“You get the roof start to cave in and you can't shore it up,” he said. “I've been there ... and it's not much fun.”

But what the Cowboys did Saturday was fun.

Lots of fun.

They showed the kind of tenacity and toughness that will serve them well in the coming weeks. Remember, games against Kansas State, West Virginia, Texas Tech and Oklahoma await in November, and with the way the OSU defense is playing, the Cowboys look to have a much better chance in those games than they did even a couple weeks ago.

The Cowboy defense insists that it draws strength from the offense, which has become so automatic over the past few seasons.

“We have so much confidence in our offense,” Young said. “I think everybody to a man knew it was just a matter of time before they broke loose and really started making some plays.”

Cowboy defensive end Cooper Bassett said, “We were telling the offense to keep choppin', keep workin'. As good as our offense is, we knew eventually something was going to give and we were going to start scoring points.”

Those are nice things to say, but don't let them fool you.

OSU beat TCU because of defense.

This is a defense that is continuing to improve, that is starting to force turnovers, that is growing fangs.

The timing couldn't be better.

“I'm just so excited, fired up for this last half of the season because of the way we're playing,” Bassett said. “If we keep it up, there's not telling what we could do.”

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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